Parliamentarian Round Table on Standardisation and Legislation – Pre 04 2021

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28 June 2021 | 11:30-12:45 CEST (canceled) | Studio Bruges

Proposals: #8 #19 #84 #86

Session teaser

The session will be a dialogue between parliamentarians and technical experts on how national and regional legislation can coexist with a global and interoperable Internet and on ways to accelerate the adoption of Internet standards and ICT best practices, so that users can enjoy secure and reliable connectivity.

Session description

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During the first session of the parliamentary track you will hear how the technical layers of the Internet work together and how the organisations, communities and people responsible for developing and implementing Internet standards help to maintain this unique global network. In this session, we want to give the floor to you, parliamentarians. We want to focus the discussion on the following two topics:

1. Individual nation states are worried that global consensus arrangements are not possible or are not advancing fast enough and are pushing ahead with their own legislation. How can state action be shaped in a way that serves your national interests while retaining the global connectivity and interoperability that is key to the Internet’s value to society?

2. How can we ensure the Internet is more secure, safer and reliable for users and businesses as digital transformation accelerates post-COVID? Existing Internet standards and best practices (e.g. for building secure websites, designing connected devices and developing more secure software) are adopted by the market as needed and sometimes better alternatives are overlooked or deemed to be too expensive. What role can policymakers play in supporting and promoting a more timely and widespread implementation of these standards ?


The session will be a discussion based on the presentations participants saw during the Maintaining a Unique Global Network session and the questions presented above. There will be no presentations or slides. The main speaker will be you, the participants.

Further reading

UN Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation

European Stakeholder Consultation on the High Level Panel Report “The Age of Digital Interdependence”

Message from the Meeting of Parliamentarians participating in the 14th UN Internet Governance Forum (Jimmy Schulz Call)

“The Internet Governance Forum – a great opportunity for parliamentarians” (video)

IGF 2020 - Parliamentary Roundtable Output Document


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Technical Experts:

  • Wout de Natris, Independent Consultant
  • Mark Carvell, Independent IG Consultant and EuroDIG Associate Member
  • Lars Eggert, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
  • Peter Van Roste, CENTR
  • Chris Buckridge, RIPE NCC
  • Adam Peake, ICANN
  • Gerben Klein Baltink, Dutch Internet Standards Platform
  • Marco Hogewoning, RIPE NCC


  • Gergana Petrova, RIPE NCC
  • Polina Malaja, CENTR